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to the gasoline tax, and through the highway trust fund, money flowed through to the transit programs at the local and metropolitan level. in 1990's, the early 1990's, we stopped funding at the federal law operating subsidies. it is a little ambiguous, but essentially, it has been a a capital program. its size is about $10 billion give or take annually. there's also a portion of it that comes from general funds, and program known as new start, for example, the extension of the washington metro from the dulles airport is funded from a program called a new start spiritedness -- a new starts. it generates more than $11 million per year, and represents about 20%, give or take, of the total federal circuit transportation funding. that is, about 80% goes to highways and 20% goes to transit. guest: -- host: we will talk about the federal level, but our best also has experience with state and local level as well prepared, if your regular mass transit, user, i call the number on the screen. everyone else, call the other number. our guest was with the transportation department as an assistant secretary. qui
. let us look at this post -- state a bit more. local a lot more. they should keep them and aligned with regard to protecting rights. protecting the american economy on a global scale. regulating commerce, and relate regulating big business for the protection of the people -- setting reasonable taxes for the welfare of the nation, protecting and maintaining, advancing the national infrastructure. generally acting as leaders. next up is sherry, watching us up in des moines, iowa. caller: i do agree with mitt romney. i think the government is getting way too big. host: next up is les in detroit. a democrat. you are on. caller: we in michigan have to decide in november whether to allow a big state to come into a city to take over and take a financial manager or an emergency manager and. i guess they think the cities who have -- local government where they can come in and remove the city officials. like the mayor, city council. now, i do not think that is what the presidential candidate mitt romney had in mind when he wanted to say states have rights. but what about the city's rights to
of your state and local officials because they are going to be providing you with the best advice in terms of how to deal with this storm over the coming days. we've just had an excellent meeting with the fema team here and the various agencies in charge including the didn't of the defense and energy that are going to need to respond quickly. we've had a chance to talk to the regional officials of fema as well and i've talked to the governors of the potentially impacted states as well as the cities in the region. at this stage, everybody is confident that the staging process, the position of equipment that are going to be needed to respond to the storm are in place. but as craig has imp sized this hasn't hit land fall yet so we don't know where it's going to hit or where we're going to see the biggest impacts. and that's why it's so important for us to respond big and fast as local information starts coming in. i want to thank all the members of the team for the outstanding work that they're doing. but the other thing that makes this storm unique is we anticipate it's going to be slow movi
, local news shows, bloorg, fox, i don't watch a lot because i find t it is like msnbc, both of them are buysed for their cause and msnbc is totally biased for obama. i do a lot of research for myself and people should. host: the des moines register endorsed mitt romney as a candidate and we'll be looking at the battleground state of iowa this morning. we're doing a whole series looking at battleground states. so we'll check in with a news man in iowa this morning. host: hello. caller: i've never called in before but it seems like i have a lot of opinions on this election where as the previous one i've only voted one other time tabbed previous time i didn't really pay much attention to. but in regard to the hurricane, obviously i'm in cspan.org, it's not like it's a threat to me, but i think that with recent events benghazi and whatnot, it really is going to be a testament as to how obama is going to respond to this. and maybe he might gain some votes back from people he lost them from depending on how he respond to it. and i mean, i think that it's kind of ify with all of the campai
estate. i really pay attention locally. i think that is really important. i think people need to really start at home. i tried to listen to everybody. i called on the republican line. i definitely listen to other people. i watch a lot of c-span, which educates me a lot. people need to not be so easily set -- easily lead it. host: thank you. on our twitter page -- another key florida newspaper endorses mitt romney. to reset is on the phone from jersey city, new jersey. -- theresa is o nthe phone. caller: i do not think it matters to they endorse. they are just like people. they slant one way or the other. they are either liberal newspapers or conservative newspapers. i really feel that people -- especially republicans -- they are easily influenced by whatever they said. when the mitt romney said he discounted the 47%, to me that did it to everyone. if you had a daughter and your doctor was going out with a guy and he was a run his friends and you had somebody taking him and he talked about your doctor like a dog and said i hate her -- daughter like a dog. then he got i it around you and
cannot be dealing with every security request for merit local american outpost around the world. the president and vice president have more important work to do. to lay them at the foot of the president is not necessarily fair. it raises the level of presidential attention. president obama says we have strengthened security and have launched a full investigation into the attacks libya. those are the areas the president can do something. host: we have comments coming in on twitter with different opinions. host: this is from jerseygirlinpa. how much do you think the past will be brought up? or will that not be touched enough by the candidates. guest: romney will not raise it. he has distanced himself from the last republican president. how were early george w. bush' -- how rarely charge of the name has been bush's mentioned over the past few years. i think a lot of the issues have moved beyond the problems initiated under the last presidency. the real focus now, the arab spring, events in the middle east, events in asia -- these are particular to our period. i did not expect the t
page that we are looking at right now, "middle- class detour." the story looks at local voters, saying that the next american president will be governing a shrinking middle class. people in that income range had a message for the president that transcended political ideology. the percentage of americans that fit into the middle income category was exacerbated in the 2000's as median family income shrunk. in colorado, where it started to raise in 2007, its stubbornly hung around 8% for the last year. it is the slower rate compared to household population overall. other articles look at the impact of the latino vote in colorado. let's hear what you have to say. bob is in new york city on the democratic line. caller: i have two questions for the candidates. why, in this day and age, are women's reproductive rights even being called up? are they aware that in this century, at this late date -- why are we going back and rehashing this? an issue that has been dealt with and should not even be on the table? also, i would want to know possibly, and i will vote for the president, and from him i
because there are demands for vehicles. i'm a project manager in new vehicle development. we're localizing even more vehicles. so this is a long-term investment and foresight that our executive management has. this is not some seasonal reaction. host: alicia in atlanta, georgia. we've got this on facebook, facebook.com/cspan. paul martin writes -- host: that's paul martin on our facebook page. back to the phones. reggie in sayerville, new jersey. he's a democrat, and he's optimistic. why is that, reggie? caller: i'm optimistic. i believe that despite all the ok kells that will the republican party has placed before barack obama, he is going to revive this economy. i also believe that you need to take a look at the worldwide economy, and you can understand how much better america is doing. that's the product of strategy and intelligent implication that the barack obama administration has. when i listen to these republicans, they're despicable. they practice all types of obstacles in front of this man. they lie. romney is a serial liar. host: let's go back to the economy. talk to me about th
spring, the chamber will run this thing on the local tv station saying that the hotel business cannot find employees so i have to get people from out of the country and stuff like this. it is crazy. there is plenty of people right here the myrtle beach area who are willing and want to work. we are refused to work. we've got the obama money here on the highway. the company doing the work refuses to hire us. they are adding a big addition onto our airport but the construction company doing it will not let anybody have the jobs. host: did they give specific reasons why? caller: they say we don't need anybody now. host: which translates how to you? caller: it is frustrating. you make the effort to go to the unemployment office and you do your job searches and then you go out and check on these jobs and whether that job is selling sunglasses at a mall and even there, the malls are the same deal. i could not get a job at a mall selling sunglasses because i am not a beautiful person. they don't want my kind of person. they get these beautiful little israeli people to come in here or these ru
service by your local television provider. >> "washington journal" continues. host: our guest bob deans is the author of the book "reckless: the political assault on the american environment." thank you and good morning. a story today in the tribune newspapers. this is from over the weekend. host: where is the conversation going in terms of energy? guest: i think the president and government have played out two different versions. security, diversity, and trying to increase our oil out put. put. it is up 24%. he is pushing efficiency and diversity. governor romney is focusing on traditional fossil fuel approaches. his approach would retain subsidies for oil and gas. he turns his back on the public investment in renewals and efficiencies. host: jim jordan was on "newsmakers" yesterday. let's take a listen. [video clip] >> i think it will be difficult for people to vote for the most coal president in history. the infatuation of anything green. more and more information comes out -- this is the solyndra program. money was spent on 26 programs. 22 programs had junk status. it was ok to give
on federal elections but it also covered state and local elections. you see a lot of interesting information about the groups that are buying ads on state issues like political campaigns and ballot measures. it is a good resource for people to see exactly what is going on in their city and also for journalists who are focused on states and local coverage to get a detailed sense of who is spending money. host: justin elliott, thank you so much for joining us. up next, tucker carlson will be here to talk about tonight's presidential debate. first, julie sobel joins us to look at the senate race in north dakota, a very tight senate race between rick berg and heidi heitkamp. this is a state where president obama is certain to lose by double digits. why is this senate race expected to be so close? guest: obama is expected to lose by double digits. people agree that heidi heitkamp is the one candidate decorative made this a close race for democrats. it would've been a republican pickup. has crafted an independent persona. people just say she has cut some good ads and this race has been a dead heat
that local and state officials respond to disasters and make requests of the federal for additional supplies or money only when need needed. reforms allow them to make requests in advance it make sure federal officials are on the ground to assist with assessments a under more quickly to washington for help. it quotes president obama and governor romney yesterday but what do you think about how it works right now? caller: well, i forgot to tell you, that is what my mother said. she said we should have had -- the federal government should have had shelter and aid for the people that were fleeing. i agree with her there. the government should be involved. but on the outskirts to begin with. because they don't know what is happening on the inside lines. host: were you watching the mayors and governors yesterday as they held press conferences? >> you know what? my mom is fixated on it and i saw it for a couple of days. but when the storms started coming in and today i looked for a couple of secrets and saw one inch of rain and thought i'm not going to get caught up in it. but i do have feelings f
comments? caller: ask, i was. i have already made up my mind. in our paper locally, it states that went romney stated he was with women with the binders, a phone conference was made to the young lady who brought the binder. it was them went to romney and asked him if he would put more cabinet women in his cabinet in 2002. host: that is in the newspapers this morning and we will read more about that. we'll go to run a supporter in south carolina. -- a romney supporter in south carolina. caller: i'm originally from egypt. i don't like what president obama did for the middle east. he destroyed the whole country. nobody knows that al qaeda is killing innocent soldiers. girls are raped [inaudible] they cannot go back to their christian lives. the last four years of the economy are horrible. when my husband was working and had insurance and our laws were wonderful, -- our lives were wonderful, the hospital prices are increasing and obama care is going to be ineffective. host: foreign policy issues and the economy are your issues. did you disagree with the obama administration decision to go i
- election in the wave of 2010. now just a couple weeks before the election, one of the local papers has come up with a story about a woman who was a patient of his. they had an affair. and he was on tape urging her to have an abortion. this is not something that goes over well in its socially conservative areas. so now the conservative state senator running against him looks like he has got a chance now, where he didn't earlier. here is an october surprise that is not necessarily something the candidate said was something that comes out in the media, a timely document and dump if you will. it is the first outlet to report to this affair with the patient. the local paper reported another affair. this is a race were a couple of timely documented dumps have made which should be a competitive contest into something that is actually a close race. host: what about this presidential election? what could be that already happened be an october surprise? guest: will seen it to game changing moments. one mitt romney a's video about the 47% -- his comment back in may, when that video came out, republica
, charitable contribution, state and local taxes. that is one way to limit those preferences. there are pros and cons to different ways of limiting it. in both cases, i think both candidates have stepped forward to say it would be beneficial to try and scale back on some of these. host: digging in to the tax policies and plans of president obama and governor romney. if you would like to get involved in the discussion, here are the numbers for you to call. our guests are alan viard and rebecca wilkins. carl, on our democrats line. caller: good morning, libby. i like to direct this to the gentleman. wednesday night, he talked about his economic policies and i think the gentleman from aei understands. basically he will not lower the amount that wealthy people will be paying their taxes. they want to eliminate the inheritance tax and the corporate gains taxes. that will lower their rates also. this thing he is trying to do is like a switch and bait talking about widening the base. that's a gimmick to cover-up that they're going to try to make sure that the wealthier keeping all the money they ha
, and a customized and have gone up local with food that appeals to local consumers. mcdonald's here might be the target of our obesity campaigns, the obsession with american yuppies, but globally it still means the middle class good life. who else profits in tough economic times? make-up companies. there are -- there is documented research to support this. the sales of the companies is astonishing. then, of course, there are political extremists, which, unfortunately, flourish in tough times. look at the rise of far right and far left parties. it is not just greece. it is here in the united states as well. host: susan glasser, thank you so much. guest: thank you for having me. host: coming up next, we talk about the gang of eight with lisa mascaro with "l.a. times," and solutions to the fiscal cliff. later, bruce morrison from the bipartisan policy center, but first, it is the 15th anniversary of c-span radio. here to talk us about that is nancy calo. why was it created, and what is at its mission? >> it was created on october 9, 1987, -- 1997, another way to affect coverage. we bring you
funny. i think all local and state political ads are much more effective. host: other any candidates whose local ads in virginia that were affected? caller: right now, i'm not going off the political ads. i am one tried to look at their records and look at the issues. i'm still trying to figure out who a lot of them are. i think the political ads for state and local are more affected than than presidential adds. people are pretty sure who they will already vote for. host: a comment from twitter -- let's look in the ad for may mitt romney pac - >> for 8% unemployment is fine and millions of americans have simply given up, where our children will grow up under the weight of crushing debt in a world where america is no longer the leader and we are told we are going forward even as we fall further behind. this is the new normal. this is president obama's economy. demand better, restore our future. host:pro-romney pac ad. we have a democrat next. are you with us? you are on the air. caller: i think one of the problems is that what -- a lot of the as to not tell us the ingredients that the
that a local militia group which has some ties to al qaeda is reporting that it is claiming responsibility for the attack on facebook and twitter. the significance of this is that this should have shown that the white house and the rest of the administration knew much earlier than they said that this was a terrorist attack. intelligence officials have told me that there was a whole bunch of information coming in, some of its contradictory and some of it confusing in the initial hours after the attack. to place more of emphasis on these and that particular e- mail really would put too much weight on one single piece of evidence. it does it feed into the narrative that some republicans have been voicing in recent weeks, that the administration did not blame the attack for too long on what they called it a spontaneous demonstration on the and the sea when in fact there was growing evidence that was later recognized that this was a deliberate attack by militant groups. host: along with these e-mails, has there been any further explanation from officials on the shifting explanation in the days
vilsack, has a very recognizable name. she has been up there for year- and-a-half talking about a local message for those counties bursa's the kind of national grandstanding. right now, she is running against a longtime incumbent, although he is not an incumbent in that district. the 39 counties in that district and congressman king has already represented 19 of them. his brand is pretty much baking a cake. it's hard for him to back off some of the rhetorical flourishes he has used. we have an incredibly interesting races underneath the president. host: sue dvorsky, chairman of the iowa democratic party. republican caller. good morning. caller: i watch the sunday news shows to try to get all sides of the issues. i would like to know what kind of impact on iowa voters is the white house cover-up of the bank of the terror attacks happening -- having? guest: the morning. i know this i know quite slamming into you, but i hope that all of your sick on the east coast. the very complicated set of circumstances, both in been gauzy and libya in general in the part of the world, i really believe
are local automobile dealer trying to sell your cars, you really have a hard time getting your ads in. it's nonstop. so you see a positive ad for the president and then a - 1. and then the same for governor romney. -- a positive ad for the president and then a negative ad, and then the same for governor romney. it can get confusing. i'm sure voters are confused to some degree at. this at host: when you look at party registration in new hampshire, republican, 32%, democrats, 28%. and declared voters in new hampshire, that they make up 40% of registered voters. how are candidates appealing to that 40%? guest: that is what you are looking at if you are candidates, those undeclared voters. there are 300 $10,000 them in new hampshire. many political scientists believe that they may claim to be declared at the local ballot but when they go to vote, that they traditionally lean one way or another. -- there are 3000,000 of them in new hampshire, and declared voters. in new hampshire behalf two congressmen. we have the first and second congressional district. a second district liens democrat. righ
and local candidates. we're targeting state and local candidates in swing districts to turn out the votes from the bottom up, not the top down. host: explain that a little bit more. guest: we support the next generation of republicans, and these are republicans running primarily at the state and legislative level. we look for individuals that have leadership capabilities who someday might be speaker of the house or who would run for congress or senate sunday. those of the people we try to target. but this year in the presidential environment, we're working hard to have those candidates run strong campaigns. there's only so much that a presidential campaign can do in terms of contacting households across the country. if you have a strong legislative candidate -- state, said that, whatever -- they're the ones who knock on the doors. -- state, senate, whatever -- they are the ones who knock on the doors. host: raising money for these candidates? guest: yes, we raise money, we give them services, we train them. you want to run the best possible campaign, so not only do they win, but they maxi
minorities the most. host: have you about these gender issues in the past whether on a local or national level? caller: yes, i have. particularly men of color are affected more than white men. in my opinion, it quite conservative men have never been concerned about what affects people of color the most, the civil rights issues, things of that nature. host: what do you think about the information we heard from our guests about the gender gaps shrinking on both sides? caller: i have heard about that throughout this election from time to time. you know, it might swing from white men in particular towards mitt romney, because i think they are afraid of the changing face of america. host: this on twitter -- linda is up next on our independent line from oak park, illinois. caller: good morning, pedro. i just want to say that i am a female african american. i have raised four children. if we are talking about candidates being concerned with women or appearing to be concerned with women, i am not concerned with that. i probably think like a man. i am not concerned about abortion and all of these
in 2006 and 2008, what we called the iraq war alexian, local ratings for president bush. 2008, the recession election, then 20 can they swept back into control of the governorship and both houses of the state -- in 2012 republicans swept back into the governorship and both houses. the biggest edge -- the biggest at any party has had since the 1950's. senator toomey, former congressman now senator, elected as well. the governor elected by 9%. statewide elections -- we have three statewide offices for election -- auditor general, attorney general, state treasurer. we often have split winners. this means the state could go for obama as it did in 2008 but elect a republican attorney general, as it did. that is not uncommon. pennsylvania, despite the fact that we are seen more straight party voting in the last three elections, last ticket splitting, they will split tickets and elected democrat or republican statewide in a very competitive state despite the fact that pennsylvania has now five times one democratic in presidential elections. host: your election forecast? another nail
and engage with live tweets from local reporters and other viewers. >> "washington journal" continues. host: joining us here is the author of "mismatch." welcome. joining us from new york for this discussion, courtney bowie. she is with the aclu. let me start with you. the supreme court heard a case this week dealing with affirmative action. can you give a synopsis of what happened? guest: the case pending before the accord was brought by a young lady named abigail fisher. her claim was that the university use of race in the admissions process violated her rights. our position is that of many other organizations and individuals. the university of texas has a fair process in place that expand opportunities for all people and it should be allowed to consider additional factors in addition to test scores in order to create a divorce learning environment that benefits all students -- a divorce learning environment that benefits all students. we made some technical arguments about the standard of review that was at issue, but the crux of it was that we wanted the fifth circuit's holding to be up
. and david, i would guess but some of the voted democrat locally for your local elections. that is an important demographic. the president does well among -- north of the 1-4 corridor, a lot of world democrats, who historically vote republican, and vote more democrat down the ticket. that is important for the president. he can hold his own against th them he will win the debate. host: here is a tweet, do we want to reelect obama only to impeach and remove him for the benghazi cover-up? there's news this morning there were official e-mails to the white house saying there was a militant group responsible for that attack. do you think displays in the state of florida? guest: not really. first of all, the president did extremely well. i would be the first to admit he did not do very well in the first debate. is done well in the second two. what you saw in the debate on foreign policy was the ever- changing mitt romney, the etch a sketch mitt romney, changing. two weeks prior he said -- i thought he said he likes the timeline in afghanistan and we have to get out quickly. at th
were people who are very strong partisans and have registered with their local party. in ohio, we have data where we know that people have voted in a primary or not. by and large, people who were voting in ohio were people who have voted in primaries. these are people who are high propensity voters. they want to be assured of good they are voting for and have made up their minds and a vote in every election and a cast their ballots. that is true on both sides. as we get into this next week, we are already starting to see the numbers of people who are not registered with political parties, who don't vote in every election, and we see those people rise in numbers as we get closer to election day. we have seen a pattern in every election. this is not really crunch time. these are people who are low propensity voters and more persuade a bowl. --persuadable. obama has a greater amount of people to go after but mitt romney cannot ignore these people either. these are lower information voters and not people following the elections as closely. as many of the cspan voters are. these people can
to the local wal- mart and get whatever drug i want to put in my body? how come everybody else does not get to have that privilege over their own body? host: anita on our support president obama line in yazoo, mississippi. caller: good morning. i stopped the debate was wonderful. vice president biden did a very good job against paul ryan. the abortion topic, with a woman were raped or had a disability or sickness, why should they not make a decision if they want to give life or end life? that's a woman's decision. obama has done a wonderful job. if they allow obama and other four-year term, i'm sure he can straighten out everything. everybody is pushing against obama about what's going on. they did not look at what the last president set up for him. it took him a full your years to get in there and will take another four years to get it straightened out. it everybody should lay off president obama and give him the right to they have given all other presidents to do things fairly. as far as welfare and food stamps, there's a lot of people that need that. because there are not enough jobs for
from high school. 44 local want to college. only 30 students will enroll in the second year of college. only 21 will graduate from a four-year institution in a six- year period of time. that is not good enough to keep the united states competitive in a global economy. we are very much focused on having high expectations for all students and doing what we can to better prepare students for college success and keep those high expectations for all students coming from all different communities and social economic backgrounds. host: james montoya is vice president of college board higher education relationship development. if you would like to join the conversation, here are the numbers to call. high school students and parents can join us. republicans, 202-585-3881. democrats, 202-585-3880. independents, 202-585-3882. scotty in florida. hi. good morning. caller: i was wondering geographically in the national score which states graduated to the top? ?id you have that statistic guest: a different level of participation in the s.a.t. from state to state --that is not how we look at s.a.t. sc
that the state, but you will also cut the local government funds. if you are cutting education funds that make it difficult to almost put the state of ohio behind mississippi, and that is a sad case, because mississippi hardly funds the education system. there is a real struggle in making sure we get kids through college. you can balance the budget, but you balloted on the backs of the middle class and the poor, and that is a real struggle. the people now are starting to say they see through the facades of this administration and republicans attempt at holding think youoavote, and i will see a sea change. caller: we have time for two more phone calls. ash. good morning. caller: can you hear me? host: please go ahead. caller: i want to apologize for both of the gentleman to have such a lackluster attendance. a topic very interesting. i am in new york. i am talking about the issue of voter suppression, and more importantly in ohio because it is the swing state, the attention given to the voting machines, which has been proven time and time again to be a very decisive entity in voting elections d
of the local papers of jerry brown pointed out. he's right in line with grover norquist. this is a real litmus test of the right wing republican agenda facing a moderate democrat who's going to stand up for a woman's right to choose, a balanced approach to the budget. it's a really marquee race for us there. host: haste, nebraska, rita go ahead. caller: thank you for taking my call. i watch c-span quite a bit. i appreciate your program because it does give a person a lot of insight to what's going on in the government world. hairlike to know is -- what i like to know is the two talkers on today -- when i first started watching, it seems they were together on the same things, friendly. then as the conversation gets on, the republican guy seem to be more defensive and aggressive. what i would like to know if you guys and the senators in the house can work together as one group for the world. for the people, who they are elected for. why can't they keep that in their mind and work for the best welfare of everybody? host: guy harrison, bipartisanship. guest: our job is to run our political com
-trial. it's called a local government? what has the employment by mike for government workers? -- ben like for government workers? caller: everybody is working. education, people are trying to go back to school because you need education for a lot of jobs. some it programs have opened up -- so many programs have opened up. if people in the jail systems are going back to school and getting jobs. jobs are out there. i am just so happy the economy is not like it was four years ago. everything is looking good and it is getting better. i was in the military almost seven years. it is a big deal to me. host: we will move on to ben in nebraska on our line for republicans. caller: good morning. i would like to respond to a couple of things. the one guy said he was worried about heaven and hell, and that is actually a state of mind. there is no such thing. he will be in a big -- in for a big surprise when he passes away. i remember back in 1972 or 1973, when they have that oil embargo and gasoline was 25 cents a gallon. out in denver i took a trip to yellowstone park and paid 47 cents a gallon. by t
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